Choosing Window Grids that Match Your Home

Sep 22, 2021

The right window grids blend with the style of your home while adding special design touch you can enjoy from inside and out.

Choosing new windows for your home is a great opportunity to add a touch of design both inside and outside. The option to add window grids is one selection that lets you play with the look and feel of your home. Here’s a quick guide to choosing the window grids that will work best for your home. 

Prairie Window Grids
Window Grid Styles

What are Window Grids?

In modern windows, window grids are decorative inserts that visually divide a window into smaller sections. Long ago, windows used smaller glass panes held together with wood grids, also called grilles or muntins. This made it easier to manufacture windows, since large sheets of glass were difficult to make, and broke easily. Now that glass manufacturing and shipping are easier, current window grids are mostly decorative, but still add style and historical touches to homes. 

Double Hung Windows Cincinnati with colonial window grids

Grids or No Grids on Windows?

When designing your replacement windows, the choice to go with grids or no grids on windows comes down to three things:  

  1. Personal preference 
  2. Standards set by your neighborhood 
  3. The style of your home

Personal Preference

Sometimes we get so used to the window grid styles in our current homes, we can’t picture a different design. If that’s the case for you, ask yourself a few questions to determine which window grid styles you like best:

  1. Do you like the way your home looks with grids or no grids on windows?  
  2. Have you seen other homes with different window grid styles that you like?  
  3. Do you have beautiful views or other considerations that would make it worthwhile to choose gridless windows? 

Neighborhood Standards

Next, check your neighborhood guidelines on home design requirements. Some homeowners’ associations (HOAs) require all homes in the neighborhood to choose from certain window grid patterns.

Do you live in a historic district? Check with your local historic preservation board on any rules you might have to follow.

Match Window Grid Styles & Home Style

Finally, consider how window grid styles blend with the style of your home. Most homeowners choose the same style for all windows, though there may be some exceptions. Let’s go through each of our window grid styles to see where they fit best.

Gahanna Ohio Replacement Windows, colonial window grids
Colonial Grid Window Pattern
Colonial Window Grids
Prairie window grids
Prairie Window Grids
Diamond Window Grids
Diamond Window Grids
Replacement window with no grids, gridless windows
Gridless Windows

Colonial Window Grids

Colonial window grids are the most popular window grid style, and are great for most homes. Typically seen on colonial, Cape Cod, and some farmhouse-style homes, colonial window grids are most frequently requested on popular double-hung windows. In these applications, colonial window grids usually have a “six-up, six-down” design, meaning the top and bottom window sashes are visually divided into six panes each.  

Prairie Window Grids

Prairie window grids have a thin grid around the perimeter of the sash with crosses at each corner. Like a picture frame for your window, this style leaves more open glass area in the middle of the window, while offering a designer touch around the edges. Prairie window grids are popular on craftsman and prairie-style homes, and work well on double-hung, casement, and picture windows. 

Diamond Window Grids

If you live in a Tudor or Victorian-style home, diamond window grids are a beautiful and period-appropriate choice. As the name implies, diamond window grids visually divide window glass diagonally, for a more ornate design than other window grid styles. This makes them perfect for classic types of architecture. Diamond window grids work well on double-hung, casement, and picture windows. 

Gridless Windows

Window grids are optional, so you can always select gridless windows for your home. Many contemporary or Mid-Century Modern homes look best with no window grids, but gridless windows can work on any home. They’re also a great way to maximize your views around your home! 

“Our whole neighborhood has grids in the windows, and I never liked that. We have a wooded area in the back and I wanted to be able to see that without any interruptions. I was so happy when I found out we could go ahead with no grids. I can see more of the yard. It just opens up the whole picture.”
Karoyln Malsi
Hebron, KY

Mixing window grid styles

Most homeowners use the same window grid styles throughout the home, but choosing multiple styles is possible. We often apply this option to double-hung windows with two sashes, sliders with a fixed center sash, or to bay or bow window installations with multiple windows.  

For example, for a craftsman home, you might choose prairie window grids for the top sash, and gridless windows for the bottom sash. Some colonial homes will do the same with colonial window grids. Bay and bow windows combine multiple windows that you can customize. For a bay window in a Tudor-style home, you might choose a gridless picture window in the center, and casement windows with diamond window grids on either side. The options are endless!

Replacement Window Financing grids or no grids on window

Get trained advice on choosing window grids

As you make your replacement window selections, be sure to give some thought to your options for adding more style with window grids. Improveit’s design consultants are happy to offer their professional insight into the types of window grids that would work best in your home. Schedule an appointment today for a free consultation!

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